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we start in the 50s. look at that, mid even some upper 50s out there. we're going 72, 76. showers hold off till late tonight and tomorrow morning. let's turn it over to monika and find out how things are going so far on the early commute. >> things are looking great around the beltway. you can see all the green. a little bit of yellow insides the beltway and that's just over the bridges. really it's because there's volume right there. other than that no big incidents to report getting to the anacostia or potomac river. insides the beltway you can see, 54 miles an hour. 395, at 64 miles an hour. heading right up to the 14th street bridge. just a timey bit slow here and on the southeast southwest freeway. if you're planning to head over on the inbound side of route 50 at route 202 insides the beltway, things are -- inside the beltway, things are looking great. this time to the north side of town. we're looking good on beltway between 95, college park and silver spring. no issues on 270.
all of your corridors in between including route 29 out of burtonsville look great. there was a serious crash overnight on 895 at the harbor tunnel and southbound side remains blocked in case you're headed to baltimore this morning. and we're going to end with a live look outside one more time. no problems to report here 395 at the 14th street bridge. back you to, andrea and mike. >> thanks, monika. a major investigation is under way in northern virginia this morning after a deadly shooting at a local homeless shelter. >> fairfax county police were called to the shelter near fort belvoir to break up a fight but officers ended up firing at one of the men involved in the brawl. delia goncalves is live at the scene. she has the latest. good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning. police responded here around 6:00 yesterday. it all started as a pretty routine call. police oftentimes they say come to break up fights but then we know that violence quickly es came late. let's take a look at some video of the scene we shot yesterday. a fight broke out at the
eleanor kennedy homeless shelter. that of course is in the 9100 block of richmond highway. as the two responding officers tried to break up the fight we're told, one man involved in the brawl assaulted one of the officers. that's when shots were fired. a fairfax county police officer discharging his weapon killing the manual. let's take a listen -- killing the man. let's take a listen. >> one officer was soughted and it was during that altercation that an officer discharged his weapon. >> reporter: another officer? >> i'm not saying. that's part of what is being investigated. >> my concern is the people that works there. we know pretty much everybody that works there. i was concerned because they helped me and my wife. >> reporter: again, this scene is still unfolding. police still trying to determine a few detail at this point and it's not clear if
that man involved who was ultimately killed was staying here at the homeless shelter. we don't know at this point how many shots were fired but we can tell you that it is normal protocol when an officer fires his service weapon for that officer to be on paid leave pending an internal investigation. so police with fair fast county are investigating two incidents. the shooting of this man, the discharging of the weapon by the officer and they are also investigating what led to the fight and what exactly happened. hear more from a resident coming up in the next half- hour. andrea, mike, back to you. >> delia goncalves live in fairfax county this morning. well, many of us load those dreaded speed cameras. well, overnight someone decided they were going to disable a few of them in gaithersburg. vantd vandals spray painted black paint over three cameras.
in addition to covering the camera lens with the paint, police also found some spray painted swastikas on some of the signs in the area. the vandals remain at large. cleanup operations will start later this morning. 11 annapolis high school students have been disciplined for cyberbullying. school officials say a photo of a student was taken without their knowledge and texted to other students and posted on social media. the school didn't disclose the nature of the punishments but according to the school handbook, it can range from an office referral to expulsion. well, it looks like the governor's race in virginia is becoming a much tighter contest. republican ken cuccinelli could be closing the gap against the democrat terry mcauliffe. a poll shows mcauliffe, a democrat now leads kush nellie by just 4 -- cuccinelli by just 4 percentage points. last week the same poll put mcauliffe head by seven points. 9% support libertarian
candidate robert sarvis. jessica is in the newsroom with the headlines. good morning, jess. >> good morning, mike, andrea. good morning to everybody at home. it could be an interesting day on wall street. the stock market dropped from an all time high after the federal reserve said the economy still needs help from its stimulus program. later today we're going to see just how soft the economy is when new economic and earnings reports are released. checking the numbers the dow dropped 61 points in trade yesterday. the s&p 500 fell eight points and the nasdaq lost 21. facebook reported earnings after the bell that wall street -- that beat wall street expectations. revenue was up 60% on strong mobile ad sales. the stocks spiked in after hours trading and then headed lower. that's because facebook's finance chief says younger teenagers are using the site a little bit less nowadays. you are about to get dumped and you have no idea but facebook does. a new study by cornel
university and facebook suggest the social network can predict how healthy your relationship is. in simple terms the study suggests people in the healthiest relationships have their own lives and they have their own separate group of friends. people who don't, trouble in that relationship. they can predict within two months when they're going to break up. kind of amazing. >> what do you have us for in the next half-hour? >> we're going to talk about ak sicks of antisemitism being cast against one of the region's hottest or used to be hottest tech companies out there and what they're telling me about the event. we'll talk about that coming up. >> all right, jess, thank you. it is 5:07. you will have to drag your children out of the produce section the next time you're grocery shopping. >> plus, there are new revelations the nsa may have had ears on one of the most secretive meetings in the
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>> 10 after 5:00 on this thursday morning. you certainly can see some of the cloudiness that's hanging over d.c. we've got visibility issues here and there. nothing too terrible except over on the delmarva. we're going to have a muggy day today. patchy fog, isolated shower northwest this morning and mostly cloudy, warm afternoon, low to mid-70s. monika? well, if you're planning to head on the northbound side of i-95, things are still looking good in springfield. there are no issues to report as you head from route 644 to the beltway, 395 to the 14th street bridge, 295 to the 11th street bridge. everything looks good this morning. back to you guys. >> thanks, monika. at 5:11, here's a look at what's new this morning. deliberations will continue in the sean taylor murder trial.
a miami jury is deciding the case against eric rivera, the man accused of fatally shooting the redskins safety in 2007. taylor was gunned down in his florida home during a botched robbery. more revelations about the national security agency. imagine that. "the washington post" is now reporting the nsa stole millions of communications records from both yahoo and google. and an italian magazine says the agency reported vatican phone calls and may have eavesdropped on a recent papal conclave. you could soon run into elmo and big bird at the grocery store. the makers of "sesame street" will allow the produce industry to use its characters to encourage kids to eat healthier. first lady michele obama recently urged food companies and television broadcasters to do more to promote healthier foods to children. when you turn your clocks back this weekend, you might have to turn up the heat. >> oh, really? how wrpdz has details on our --
howard has details on our looming cooldown next in the
5:14. now 5:15. we're on a roller coaster when it comes to weather. temperatures down, temperatures up, temperatures down. >> that's fall for you.
>> i like the crisp weather now. >> we'll get a little bit of that and go right back up for the first part of november. looks like the first half of november will be relatively mild. >> on the warm side? >> yes. second half of november the jury is still out but the first half looks to be relatively mild. let's talk about today, though. it's halloween. looking good. looking warm. got temperatures expected in the 70s this afternoon. average high now down to 64. here's your day planner. we start out with clouds, isolated shower north and west. lots of clouds today, sunny break or two can't be ruled out but mostly cloudy day. 70 by 1:00. winds a little breezy. south winds at 10 gusting to 15 or so. a high of 74. notice even though we have clouds, we're keeping the rain away and probably will keep the rain away until sometime later tonight. so for the period -- and i'm going 6 to 8. i know some of you will be out 9:00 or so. but still 65 to 70 out there this evening with maybe a sprinkle. i think the best chance of that will be west of interstate 81. got some rain showing up on
doppler 9000. all the way up in toward the midwest here. some into pennsylvania. a couple of very light sprinkles, very light sprinkles. potentially down toward northern frederick county, v.a. sark cross junction. -- frederick county, virginia, cross junction. the other story, a little fog. no big deal. we have subjects three to five -- we have visibilities three to five miles. a quarter mile visibility over the state of delaware. temperatures are up. it's muggy. frizz alert sort of thursday out there. well in the 50s now. frederick is down to 52 with martinsburg. 57 in culpeper and annapolis and 54 at the pax river naval air station and cambridge. outside in d.c. good visibility. you can see that on our weather camera. cloudy skies. 57 degrees with calm winds this morning. and there's the humidity up to 89%. so we've got a muggy air mass in place. look at all the rain out west. it does look like this will be getting here but not until
tonight. maybe 10:00, 11:00, 12:00. a couple of showers as i said north and west of d.c. possible this morning moving to pennsylvania. we'll be mostly cloudy. here we are at 4:30. want to take you to 9:30. notice a shower or two up toward hagueerstown. the -- hagerstown. the bulk of rain will move in overnight. tomorrow morning looks wet. perhaps clearing late in the day but a yellow alert for tomorrow. i believe the morning commute will be a slower one with the rain. tonight's low 60 to 65. breezy out of the south. tomorrow 74. mainly a.m. showers with some luck, some clearing late in the day. 60s on saturday. clocks back saturday night. we get an extra hour of sleep. daylight saving time. looks brisk for the skins- chargers sunday with highs only in the mid-50s. monika samtani, how are we doing on this thursday morning? >> we're actually pretty quiet. things are looking great. i don't have any big incidents to tell you about and that's
good for the early morning commute. 14th street near new york avenue, you do want to watch out for the police activity in and around the that area closing off the intersection since yesterday's rush hour. 270 looks good. you can see a tiny bit of slow traffic on i-70 but once you're on 270, it's still good 109 do 121 and -- to 121 and through germantown as well. if you're planning to head here on the inbound side of route 50 at 202 inside the beltway we're in great shape. no problems through cheverly or the bw parkway through greenbelt. this time to the west side of town. looking good on the the dulles toll road in from sterling. 66 in from gainesville. inside the beltway still moving at the speed limit to the roosevelt bridge. we're going to take a live look one more time. here's the inbound side of 66 at route 50. back to you guys. the leading group campaigning to change the redskins name hears from n.f.l. officials. >> plus, the wizards are at it again. 2013, 2014 getting under way
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i'm mark herring, candidate for sponsored this ad.nd i vo: this is what mark obenshain called a "common sense proposal." obenshain voted to force women to have a transvaginal ultrasound in order to have an abortion. called "intrusive," "medically unnecessary," and "government rape." the virginian-pilot said obenshain used the power of government to do something grotesque. and now he wants to be attorney general? mark obenshain: a real threat to virginia women. 5:21. cloudy and muggy out there. humidity high. frizz alert. we could have a couple of showers well north and west of us as we go into the morning. upper 50s here by 9:00. lunch time look at this. clouds, 67. some breaks down south. tappahannock 72. we're going into the 70s, even here in d.c. with mostly cloudy
skies. highs this afternoon in the low to mid-70s. about 74. annual dray ya and michael? -- andrea and michael? for the first time in 95 years the red sox had a chance to win the world series in front of the hometown fans. >> cardinals were not going to go down easy. michael wacha on the mound. shane victorino hit a bases clearing double in the bottom of the 3rd. he finished the night with four rbis and tacked on one more. boston downed st. louis in the world series and win the series 4-2. good morning, everybody. i'm kristen berset. the oneida indian nation met with n.f.l. executives yesterday in new york city to discuss the redskins name change controversy but they stood by dan snyder's decision to keep the name leaving the oneida
nation extremely dispointed. xm host joe madison led a discussion for a special broadcast that airs friday night called "what's in a name?" the washington redskins controversy. local journalists participated. all the panelists present were in support of a change. >> when you unpack it and you hear it in the context that many of us grew up hearing it, you know that that -- certain seen. there's nothing ambiguous about it. it's intended as hate speech. >> there are individuals who don't agree with us and that's fine. , that they're the exception that proves the rule. but the overwhelming majority of native people are -- want an end to this and want an end to it now. >> fans do not yet distinguish the name from the team and so when you say the name, they
think of a team and all it represents and they all meld, they converge together. >> sticking to the hardwood the washington wizards kicked off their season last night in detroit. john wall got things going with a double double, 20 minutes, 11 asis. -- assists. but the detroit pistons were just better beating the wizards 113-102. i want to say a big congrats to mike hydeck. congratulations on your red sox for winning the world series. i bet you're one happy camper. >> that was nice of kristen. i didn't see that coming. >> i think she's right, you're one happy camper with his red tie on. troubled times for a well known local tech company. jessica has that story in her next your money report. >> we have an update on the adorable baby panda. nothing cuddly about traffic. >> but he's so cute.
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good morning. happy halloween. welcome back to wusa9 on this thursday morning. i'm andrea roane. it really feels balmy outside. good morning. i'm mike hydeck. >> nice evening last night, too. >> it was. good morning, monika. how are you? >> i'm great. >> good morning, howard. >> muggy out there, mild, frizz alert. >> he points at me. >> you're always complaining. why is it so muggy? some extra hair spray. i'm not doing it.
i'm just telling you about it. the day planner has a lot of clouds but thankfully we don't have much in the way of rain drops. i know that's good news for the kids because it looks okay this evening and there's no school tomorrow in montgomery. the end the quarter today. --the quarter today. 72 at 4:00. we're in the 60s by 8:00 p.m. south winds 10, maybe 15 m an hour. we've got some clouds out there, showers well north and west of us. and a little bit of fog, especially over on the delmarva. visibilities there a quarter mile. we have visibility at five miles so no big problems. bwi less than a mile, three- quarters. your temperatures light jacket is all you're going to need with readings already in the mid and even upper 50s. we're on our way to 72 to 76. showers moving in later tonight. monika samtani, happy thursday. >> happy thursday. you know what? it truly is a happy thursday. that's because there haven't been any major incidents around town. the beltway has been looking good. all lanes are open on that 64- mile stretch of the capital
beltway. i'm going to take you over to the northbound side of 95 where we're not seeing any red yet. look behind me. triangle, dumfries, dale city, woodbridge into spring field, all of your lanes are open. and on to 395 as well to the 14th street bridge. let's take a live look outside. again on the northbound side of i-95 it's actually pretty light for 5:30 in the morning. we'll go to our stat 50 camera on the northbound side. again i would say this is lighter than normal. let's go back over to the maps and this time heading over to southern maryland route 4, route 5, route 301. everything looks good to andrews air force base and down to oxon hill and the wilson bridge. one more last live look outside. here's what it looks like at the national harbor. andrea, mike? >> thank you, monika. it started as a call just to break up a fight at a homeless shelter. now fairfax county police are investigating a deadly shooting. >> it was the officer who opened fire on a man involved in that brawl. delia goncalves is live by the shelter in fort belvoir with what we know so far.
good morning, delia. >> reporter: good morning, mike, andrea. we can now tell you there are two police investigations under way. one into what led up to the fight and the second investigation of course what caused the officer to fire. they came here to the homeless shelter at 6:00 to break up a fight. it was a routine call around 6:00 yesterday evening. it was here at the eleanor kennedy homeless shelter, 9100 block of richmond highway. we're told as the two responding officers tried to break up that fight, one of the men involved in the brawl assaulted one of the officers and that's when both heard gunfire. we're not sure which officer fired his gun but that man eventually died. >> they was out here identifying. somebody was still fighting. that's when the shots came out. and that must be the people who -- four, five people we saw go
in the ambulance. you have all kinds of walks of life in there. you know, you know, serve not going to get along. -- everybody is not going to get along. >> reporter: the investigation still unfolding at this point. we have a lot of questions that still remain unanswered at this very early hour. it is unclear if the man was a resident of the homeless shelter and we don't know yet how many shots were fired but we are hearing that the behavior that could have led to the fight may have started in this general area before it eventually went over to the homeless shelter. we'll have more on that side of the story coming up in the next half-hour. mike, back to you. >> thanks, delia, live in fairfax county this morning. if the obama administration is able to keepity promise, the troubled website will be running much smoother
one month from today. the health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius took some heat yesterday on capitol hill. >> let me say directly to these americans, you deserve better. i apologize. >> some republican lawmakers are calling on sebelius to resign or even be fired because of these problems. president obama is answering other concerns, too, by the g.o.p. he says the companies with substandard insurance plans who cancel those plans will have to replace them with quality coverage. another well baby checkup for the national zoo's giant panda cub. she weighs more than -- nearly eight pounds now and her eyes are almost fully open. zoo keepers say mom mei xiang is now feeling comfortable enough to leave her cub alone for a couple of hours at a time. we expect news on a naming ceremony for the cub sometime next month. it is 5:34. time for another your money report. >> jessica is in the newsroom with ak saixes of antisemitism
being -- accusations of antisemitism being cast against a big local tech company. >> this is a remarkable story. living social has issued an apology for a halloween party it sold as an event held last saturday in d.c. the theme of the night was the seven deadly sins and someone decorated a room with tradeles -- dradles which are associated with the jewish hall day han -- holiday hanukkah. we're showing you video we shot then when the building first opened for the local tech company. at the time living social was positioning this building as a crown jewel for its growing empire but this controversy comes at a bad time for the company. sources tell me the building is losing significant amounts of money every month. one source tells me that losses have even hit $100,000 a month. living social sent me a copy of
an apology from the c.e.o. last night. it says, quote, poor judgment was exhibited this past saturday when religious holiday symbols were associated in a degrading manner during a halloween event. also, we do not condone prejudice nor do we tolerate bigoted or hurtful behavior of any sort. living social is offering a full refund to anyone who attended the event. the local company would not tell me if there have been any actions taken against the employee responsible for decorating the room. back to you. >> all right, jess. like we said, who could think that was funny. coming up, a couple of the scariest places from the classic horror films are actually right in our backyard. >> police, police officers in one town don
. 5:38. mostly cloudy, cool. i'm a little cool out here but with temps in the 50s, that's a lot warmer than it has been the last few mornings. our forecast today, cloudy skies. isolated shower north and west this morning. patchy fog as well. that's not a big deal. mostly cloudy, warm afternoon. highs in the low to mid-70s. isolated showers mainly west of 81 for the trick or treaters. back with the full forecast in a few. right now monika with timesaver traffic. northbound i-95 been fairly quiet early this morning. here in springfield you can see both the main and hov lanes are open heading north beyond 644 to 395, edsall to seminary and the 14th street bridge, all of your lanes are open. mike, andrea? >> thank you, monika. our facebook question of the morning now. according to a survey, under what circumstances do most men
lie to their partners? is it a just to avoid a fight, b, to avoid splitting up or c, they don't lie at all? >> facebook friend chris says if you have to lie to your partner, then are they truly your partner? you shouldn't have to lie about anything to your partner. it only hurts you. post your answers and comments. we'll reveal the correct answer in the 6:00 a.m. hour. new this morning at 5:39, a look at what's going on this halloween. of course it is today, right? first a safety reminder. 1-800-200-taxi. it's the number you call if you have a little too much to drink at a halloween party tonight. you can get home safely. a free cab ride up to 30 bucks for free between 10:00 and 4:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. the service is available to adults over 21. the number once again 1-800-200- taxi. really getting into the spirit, police in lakewood, colorado are getting creative with their halloween safety message. an officer dressed as count dracula is crossing streets in busy neighborhoods and then
police are pulling over drivers who don't stop for him. it's their way of reminding everyone to look out for the little ones tonight. make sure your little ones have reflective gear on. >> that's a creative way to do that. >> some people would say entrapment. the website tripadvisor has a list of the scariest places for movies. the timberline lodge from the shining tops the list in oregon. you don't have to go far to see numbers two or three. seneca park in montgomery county was featured both in the blair witch project and those stairs in georgetown as we all know, right there on the right, were featured in the exorcist. >> still one of the scariest movies i've ever seen, the ec cyst. this hall -- the exorcist. this halloween will be mild but howard tells us how cold it will be get in his seven-day forecast. >> a woman mo who takes action instead of waiting for the real life terror of a cancer
diagnosis. let's see who's celebrating a birthday today.
now we're into what? late spring. then we go back to-- >> warming up next week. >> mother nature is a bag of tricks and treats. >> the next couple of weeks
we're transitioning out of fall toward winter. >> does this have to do with the jet stream? >> everything has to do with the jet stream in that regard. it's the big depend out west. we get a storm out west. when that happens you have the coolness out west and the storminess. it pushes the jet north allowing the warm air to rush in. that's what we're having today, tonight and even tomorrow before the cool air returns. here's a look at your day planner. it's muggy this morning. we're in the 50s. humidity is up. clouds are out. thankfully it's generally dry and it's going to stay that way for much of the day. pretty good news for the trick or treaters except if you're west of i-81. you get into western maryland then you have a chance in west virginia and the mountains for showers. around the mept toe we'll wait till main -- metro we'll wait till mainly late tonight. temperatures top . for trick or treat weather going generally 6:00 to 8:00, 65 to 70. maybe 60s north and west. but a muggy and slightly breezy
halloween. we could have gusts in the 15 miles an hour range. rain well north and west of us. we have seen some very light sprinkles though north and west as well making it toward the martinsburg area now and back toward cross junction. this stuff is really light moving to the northeast. hagerstown, probably maybe myersville but i'm thinking more hagerstown vicinity the next hour. some fog around not west of the blue ridge but east of the blue ridge. quarter mile orange, quarter mile to cambridge, three- quarters at bwi. a little foggy in howard county but our visibilities still pretty good in the d.c. area with temperatures way up in the 50s this morning. average high 64. we should blow past that by maybe 10 degrees. you see the clouds on the michael & son weather camera. some low clouds in spots, 57, calm winds. there's only a three-degree spread between the dew point and the temperature so that means high humidity currently standing at # 9%. lots of rain to the west.
in san antonio they d n ches of rain in six hours. some flooding going onthere since last night. the moisture tends to ontario l the way back into east texas. that's ahead after cold front headed this way. isolated shower north and west this morning. we should be dry and mostly cloudy although possibly some sunny breaks well south and east of us today. mostly cloudy at 5:00 p.m. so as the trick or treating starts, notice pretty good here. a shower toward hagerstown perhaps but the bulk of the rain even at 10:00 looks like it will be over west of even garrett county moving in overnight. wet start to your friday morning so yellow alert day for friday. today 74, warm, late shower west. tonight we're going to be 60 to 65 with showers moving in, potentially thunder mixed in as well with mainly morning showers tomorrow. some breaks possible in the afternoon. the weekend looks drier, cooler by sunday, mid-50s. that's the day we turn the clocks back and get an hour of sleep. monika samtani, give us the update on timesaver traffic.
i'm happy to say for the most part we're in good shape all around town the interstates heading for the beltway and once there really no big delays yet as you head north, south action east, west. you know what? look at all the green. we will take that on a thursday morning. one more day, everybody. if you're planning to head on the northbound side of i-95, this is where the brake lights are in the triangle area heading north towards dumfries. woodbridge still looks okay. maybe a little slow across the occoquan river and bumping up in springfield as you exit for the beltway or continuing north on to 395. we'll go there live on the northbound side of 395. this is in shirlington heading for the 14th street bridge. you're fine. 66 to the roosevelt bridge, 295 to the 11th street bridge as women. let's take a look at our maps again. heading over to the bw parkway and route 50 through cheverly, no problems through new carrollton on the beltway heading south toward oxon hill and the wilson bridge. one more last live look outside and if you're planning to head south of town, this is the
beltway at the national harbor. back to you. >> thanks, monika. the scarier the better is what halloween is all about but nothing is more frightening than a cancer diagnosis or dealing with the fact that you are at higher risk for cancer because of your family history. as we wrap up breast cancer awareness month, the group force reminds us that knowledge is power over fear. it allows you to face your risk for cancer empowered. >> i am amy. >> reporter: a daughter, a sister, a wife. >> i'm 33 years old. >> reporter: and devoted mother to her sons brody and chase. >> i love picking them up. i love driving them here and throwing them here. playing with them and when i'm not with them, i'm at work with children. >> reporter: amy's also an elementary schoolteacher. >> today we'll be doing some reading and writing. >> reporter: her title is intervention specialist. it's an apt description for how she's chosen to take charge of
her own health. amy's not a survivor. they'd a previvor. >> it means i have reduced any odds significantly of ever having breast cancer. >> reporter: amy is positive for the brca 2 gene mutation sharply raising her risk for breast and ovarian cancer. at age 26 she and her brothers were tested because their mother carries the defective gene. >> i didn't know anybody who wasn't jewish that had the gene. >> reporter: she put off drastic measures right away to be at her mother's side as she fought ovarian cancer. >> i didn't care what gene i had. i just wanted my mother better and healthy. >> reporter: but seven years and two children later, she still chose to watch and wait, worried how surgery now would affect the boys. >> who's going to hold them, who's going to carry them, who's going to do all of that? >> reporter: but a heart to heart with her breast surgeon put things into perspective.
>> she said you're going to miss picking them up for one month. do you want to do that or do you want to miss all their soccer games and lacrosse games because you're going to chemo and too sick to get to the game? and it was a no brainer. >> reporter: in january amy had a prophylactic double mastectomy. she expected physical pain but there was also emotional pain at losing part of her womanhood. >> i cannot tell you how many people said to me, oh, you're so lucky you're going to have perfect breasts. oh, really, i am? perfect breasts that have no feeling, no nipples, huge scars down the middle of them, and i would just smile and say yeah, okay. >> reporter: amy's journey is not over yet. there will be nipple tattooing and by age 40 a hysterectomy and removal of her ovaries. that would lower her risk of developing ovarian cancer by nearly 90%, choices her mother, a two-time survivor didn't
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welcome back. we continue to highlight women's small business month right here on wusa9. with us this morning is mina, the owner of synergy design and construction. of course if you know anything about construction, i was in it a long time ago, it is definitely a field dominated by men. congratulations on making it through. that's awesome. >> thank you. >> one of the things we wanted to discuss is how and why did you start your business and you started it probably at one of the most awful times to start a construction business. >> people didn't think it was going to last. and wondering why we did it. i worked for my friend who had a renovation company and i quickly realized how many
frustrated homeowners out there scared to renovate because it would take too long. simple project management, great design, great communication upfront you can make sure that doesn't happen and people can have fun renovating their homes. >> you started this in '08 and that's crash time. you said networking is a huge reason you're continuing success. >> it's about making sure you connect with people and work with people -- get to know people that are going to help you grow your business and want to help you succeed. i do a lot of networking. the whole thing about networking is not to go in and pass out 50 business cards and networking four, five days a week. take a couple of organization, go deep in the organizations and make sure the connections count. >> do some research, not just this is the name of the company and phone number. it's really about what do they want. >> exactly. really what's different about us is we really take a customer's experience to a
whole other level. we actually have a corporate background. my husband and i started the business. for us it's about a client will experience a reason vague. if we're doing a whole home renovation, we're going to make sure -- if your kitchen is going to be out of commission, we'll set you up with a temporary kitchen. how are people going to live through the process and have fun doing it. >> anyone who has lived through a renovation knows not having a kitchen is a nightmare. one of the other interesting things as far as your marketing is concerned, you market to women. >> yes, absolutely. >> as far as customers. you say look, i understand you. you understand me. we can pull this off kind of thing. >> they feel comfortable. they don't have their dukes up. they know they're going to be taken care of and guided through the process and also because we have design on staff, a lot of design firms out there might subcontract a design which can cray communication irks but we have everything in house and have that one level of accountability. >> there's a conference coming up november 22. what's that about? >> the virginia women's
business conference. this is the fifth year. just a whole day based on making connections with other business women and actually breakout sessions and information to help you grow your business. >> mina, synergy disietion and construction. look -- design and construction. look her up. thanks for coming in and we wish you continued success. welcome back to wusa9 at the 6:00 a.m. hour. it's thursday, halloween, october 31. i'm andrea roane. mike will join us in a moment. monika is here. hopefully traffic is not too scary this early in the morning. and really good, not bad at all is our forecast. >> tefers are up. they're very -- temps are up. they're very mild, going into the 70s. we'll hold off the vast majority of the rain till after the trick or treating is double, unless you're west of i- 81. then the chances for showers certainly exist for this evening. forecast day planner today, 9:00, cloudy, 58. noon cloudy, 67. on our way to potentially 73, 74. still 71 at 5:00. a little bit of a breeze. south winds around 10:00. gusts toward the 15 mile an
hour range. you see some of the high clouds coming in tonight. big rains well north and west of us. lighter showers into pennsylvania have snuck into western maryland and not far from martinsburg and cross junction we've seen a few light sprinkles up here. fog is the other problem this morning. it's getting a little dense here, especially in cambridge. now down to zero over toward delaware a quarter mile. three-quarters in baltimore, up toward frederick. so this i-70 car door in howard county, upper montgomery, watch out for fog there but in the immediate metro we're okay. agent fog toward orange and your temperatures way up this morning into the mid and upper 50s. let's turn it over to monika right now. she's saying so far pretty good thursday going on. it is a pretty good thursday going on. i'm really happy to say it as well. even at 6:00 in the morning to see all this green on the beltway and all along the interstates, just a little unusual. maybe people took the day off for halloween you think? hey, we'll ke